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This introductory chapter presents an overview of concepts discussed in this book Print, Profit, and Perception: ideas, information and knowledge in Chinese societies, 1895-1949. The book presents a critical dimension of modern Chinese history: the dramatic expansion in the production, dissemination and consumption of texts, which both reinforced and deepened the dynamic processes associated with globalization. It highlights personal networks, as distinct from governmental and institutional structures. The book also explains the importance of Taiwan in the process of Chinese modernization, as well as Taiwan's response to changes on the mainland in areas that go beyond trade. This dynamic is complicated by the impact of Japanese colonialism, providing a distinct contrast with several chapters in the volume that focus on Western colonial influences on the Chinese world.

Keywords: Chinese modernization; globalization; Japanese colonialism; print culture; profit motive; Taiwan

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